American Eastern Catholics

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Paulist Press, 2006 - Religion - 180 pages
The long and complex history of the Eastern American Catholic Churches, in their many ethnic varieties, has been difficult to understand. This clearly-written, engaging book changes all that. The author, Fr. Fred Saato, examines the long and often difficult history of the Eastern Catholics, e.g., Melkites, Maronites, Ruthenians, Armenians, Ukrainians, and their relationship, often tenuous, with Rome. The fascinating tale of the movement of these Churches from their embattled homelands to separate-church-and-state United States poses serious concerns for the languages, cultures, and traditions of these ancient faiths. At the same time, the flowering of their churches in an English-speaking context has caused many of these Eastern Churches to receive a new Pentecost, examined in this text. Unlike the other pamphlets and booklets on the Eastern Churches that generally speak only of the differences/likenesses between East and West, this text acts as pastoral aid for both the Western Catholic who wants to better understand the Churches of the East, and the Eastern Catholic American who may have lost touch with the singular attributes of their Eastern pedigree. +

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A Bit of History The Two Thousand Years of Eastern Christianity
Some Characteristics of the Eastern Churches Aspects of Holy Tradition in the Christian East
Coming to America Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Immigrations from the Christian East
The Eastern Catholic Parish in America The Experience of Eastern Catholics Today
Contemporary Challenges Issues Confronting Eastern Catholics in American Society
Relations with Our Sister Churches The Eastern Catholic Witness to Historic Christianity
The Eastern Catholic Churches in North America
A Comparison of Two Traditions
Some Basic Resources
Selected Glossary

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Fred J. Saato is currently director of God With Us Publications, the catechetical publishing arm of the Eastern Catholic Bishops in the United States.

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